Under the Constitution, of course, there is no line-item veto; a president either signs or vetoes an entire bill.
I also appeal to Congress to pass the line-item veto you promised the American people.
As Governor, I found this line-item veto was a powerful tool against wasteful or extravagant spending.
And tonight I ask you to give me what 43 Governors have: Give me a line-item veto this year.
Senator Mattingly has introduced a bill permitting a 2-year trial run of the line-item veto.
Give me the same thing 43 governors have--the line-item veto--and let me help you control spending.
But I'll tell you something, if you'll give me the line-item veto, I'll remove some of that unnecessary spending.
And we can tackle this problem together, if you pass the line-item veto.
The authority of an executive to veto a specific appropriation in a budget passed by a legislature. Viewing the line-item veto as an effective tactic against pork-barrel legislation, presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush unsuccessfully sought this authority, which many state governors possess, from Congress. Under current law the president must choose between signing or vetoing the entire budget rather than parts (items on budget lines) of it.